Christina Brazinski

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Recent Reviews by Christina

Tue Mar 16, 2010 11:47 AM
5 Relevent, integrated (L.A., Math, Science) lesson
First, I love the way that the project is student-designed from start to finish. Students even determine what elements need to be included in their journals. Students also build their own models to learn about watersheds in order to prepare for the project. What a great alternative to simply reading about the topic! Secondly, the service learning project to solve problems with the creek directly involves students in a real-life scenario that affects their own community. Very cool. The presentation skills students develop in order to speak to the city council are also one of the highest quality language arts integrated lessons I've read. I think there is a lot of inherent motivation and relevence in the lesson that would encourage students to work hard to make connections among their learning, their observations at the creek and their conjectures.

Mon Mar 15, 2010 11:18 AM
5 Great Rock Lesson Ideas!
Great ideas for creating rock specimen kits: egg cartons to hold rock sample; peice of unglazed tile, & magnifying glass. Plus activities to examine effects of weathering, and great writing opportunities.

Mon Mar 15, 2010 11:14 AM
5 Creating context within rock lessons
So simple, and so smart! We often present rock samples in isolation, but the simple act of examining the context from which rocks are found can do a lot to tell a rock's "story". For example, what else was in the dirt around the rocks? How does water move sand? How do clay and sand interact with water?